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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- chris pine, u.s. senator from arizona, john mccain, featuring the 8g band with matt frazier, ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. former cia director, john brennan, testified today that there was contact between president trump's campaign and russian officials. however, still no contact between donald and melania. [ light laughter ]
here it comes. take a look. and no, thank you! [ laughter ] president trump released a 2018 budget plan today, titled "a new foundation for american greatness." boy, you can tell that from the name, trump loves this budget. when he doesn't love something, he'll give it a boring name like "eric." [ laughter ] according -- [ cheers and applause ] according to politico, president trump is reportedly looking to hire a crisis manager. a manager? it's a presidency, not a walgreens. [ light laughter ] "mr. president, what do you have to say about these new russia allegations?" "i'm sorry, i just work here. you'll have to talk to my manager." [ laughter and applause ] "i've got to go price some cans." president trump will meet with
pope francis tomorrow at the vatican. "i can't wait to ask him why he wears that ridiculous thing on his head," said the pope. [ laughter and applause ] according to a new report, a group of experts have found president trump's speech has deteriorated in recent years. for example, he used to pronounce congress like this. >> congress. >> seth: but now he pronounces it like this. >> bing, bing, bong, bong, bing, bing. [ laughter ] >> seth: is that a hundred? have we showed that clip a hundred times now? [ light laughter ] i think that's the hundredth time we've shown that clip. a man in russia recent proposed to his girlfriend by hiding a ring inside his stomach wound and asking her to change the dressing. [ audience groans ] and this is exciting, she said "gross!" [ light laughter ] a florida woman earned a spot in the guinness world record book for having a 793-piece
collection of flamingo-themed items. so bad news woman with a 792 piece collection, now you're just a crazy person. [ laughter ] and finally, doctors in south africa have performed their second successful penis transplant. they said it wasn't that hard, so they had to give him a new one. [ laughter and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. he's starring in "wonder woman." chris pine is joining us tonight! [ cheers and applause ] he is a republican senator from arizona, and a friend of ours here at the show. john mccain is back. [ cheers and applause ] to talk about everything that is going on in washington, of which there is no shortage. and before we move on with our show tonight, as you are aware, there was a terrible act of violence last night at a concert in manchester, england. there are no words i can say to begin to put any of that in perspective.
i will say that, at its best, being at a concert is an incredible collective experience. it's a chance, through a shared love of music, to connect with, to sing with, and to dance with people you don't know. and last night, some truly evil people decided to instead, treat people they don't know with unspeakable cruelty. and so this comes down to the way we treat strangers. and while some cowards chose to treat strangers with hate, from everything i read, manchester was filled with people last night who provided aid and comfort to help victims who were total strangers to them. so our thoughts are with the victims and their families. our thanks to those who ran to help. and our plea for all of us to not need a tragedy to remind us of the importance of treating those we do not know, with love instead of hate. so thank you very much for listening. [ cheers and applause ] and -- and now, let's get on with it. you guys, we at a show, we will admit -- we will admit to this,
we focus a lot on donald trump. [ light laughter ] which means sometimes, do to that focus, we overlook other news stories. so here with a recap of stories we might have missed, is one of writers, amber ruffin, in a segment we call, "amber says what?" ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> woo! you guys, things have been crazy! okay, first of all, one of the drivers in the indy 500 got robbed at a taco bell drive-through. and i was like, "what?" [ light laughter ] then i found out that the bachelorette is black. and i was like, "whaaaaat? i'm going to have to watch it for the first time." [ light laughter ] so i watched it, and i was like, "what!? have you white people been watching?" [ laughter ] then, dwayne "the rock" johnson announced that he was thinking of running for president. and everyone was like, "a-ha-ha-ha, what?" [ light laughter ] then, they thought about it, and were like, "what could be
crazier than what we have now?" [ light laughter ] then -- [ applause ] me too. me too. then, nbc cancelled "timeless", and i was like, "what?" but then they brought it back, and i was like, "whaaat? did you guys just go back in time and fix this? i choose to believe that you did." [ light laughter ] then, in british columbia -- and she's fine -- a girl got snatched off the pier by a sea lion. and i was like, "what!? but i saw it as a gif, so i was like -- "what? what? what? what? what? what? what? what? [ light laughter ] [ applause ] what?" she's fine. then, betsy devos spoke at a black college and got booed. and i was like, "a-ha-ha-ha, what?"
and then i was like, "boo!" [ laughter ] then richard spencer, that crazy white nationalist nazi, led a torch-wielding mob. i was like, "what?" then i found out it was to protest the removal of some confederate monument. and i was like, "oh, thank goodness. it's just nonsense." [ light laughter ] then south korea elected a new president and i was like, "what?" but then i saw his new bodyguard, and i was felt like whitney houston lookin' at kevin costner. and i was like -- ♪ what what what what what oh what ♪ [ laughter and applause ] this has been "amber says what?" ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: amber ruffin, everybody!
really, really took your time with that last note, amber. [ light laughter ] every day, there seems to be a new bombshell coming from the trump administration. so we thought we'd take a break from the breaking news of the day and check in on one of president trump's campaign promises. specifically, his promise to drain the swamp. this is, "the check-in." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: president trump made a lot of promises throughout his campaign. and in general, he kept them very simple. as evidence by their ability to be expressed in three-syllable chants. let's see, there was this one -- >> build that wall! build that wall! >> seth: there was this one -- >> lock her up! lock her up! >> seth: there was this one, that trump tried to start, but it never really took off. >> keep his coat! >> seth: but there was one chant that really summed up the mission statement of the trump campaign. >> we are going to drain the swamp. >> drain the swamp!
drain the swamp! drain the swamp! drain the swamp! drain the swamp! >> seth: and that clip really speaks to how little a plan he had to actually drain the swamp. he said it, and just wandered off. [ laughter ] how? because when it came time for candidate trump to clearly define which policies he would put in place to drain the washington, d.c. swamp of insiders, lobbyist, and special interest groups, he instead opted for this thorough explanation of how the catch phrase came to be in the first place. >> when i first heard that term, i hated it. i said, "oh, that's so hokey. that is so hokey." but i said, "look, let's give it a shot." i tried to, the place went crazy. then i said, "maybe we'll try it again." the place went crazy. and now i like it. you know, great, great singers,
a lot of great artists, great singers -- frank sinatra. so frank sinatra didn't like "my way" when he first sang it. and then he noticed, the audience liked it a lot. and then it went out, became number one, like big. and all of a sudden he started to love that song, "my way", right? so, drain the swamp. >> seth: hey, donald, here's my frank sinatra story. i went to the doctor, because i had a rash. and he told me it's because "i've got you under my skin." [ laughter and applause ] now, of course, the problem with the trump analogy is that sinatra was singing a song in the hopes that people would like it, whereas trump was making a promising promise that he would have to follow through on. and so far, he has not. >> is now-president trump draining the swamp or stocking it with a whole bunch of new critters? the administration has made a number of hires who are advising or leading the agencies they targeted as lobbyists just a short time ago. >> as it turns out, big money contributions from friendly
donors to the president's inaugural committee are paying off for them. coal magnate and energy executive, christopher klein, gave $1 million as well. trump overturned many obama era energy regulations, that's cute. >> trump is not draining the swamp. nope. he's inviting the biggest, ugliest swamp monsters in the front door, and he's turning them loose on our government and on our economy. >> seth: so it seems a more accurate three-word campaign promise would have been, "run! swamp monsters." [ light laughter ] now, trump did sign an executive order ban on lobbying shortly after he took office, which probably would have been good policy of it were actually enforced. but according to reports, at least nine people who worked on trump's transition have already registered as lobbyists, because of loopholes in the ban. meaning they can now cash in privately for whatever work they did in the government. the exact thing trump promised to avoid. and to make matters worse, it's not just people leaving the government who are taking jobs they probably shouldn't. according to reports, the white
house is issuing secret waivers to the president's own ethics rules, allowing incoming officials to work on issues they handled before becoming public servants. under the obama administration, such waivers were made public on a white house website. but we checked that page under the trump administration and -- there you go. it's still completely blank. other blank white house web pages include -- court cases trump won. [ laughter ] kellyanne conway's honest statements. [ light laughter ] and melania's favorite things to do in d.c. [ laughter ] and these shouldn't be that difficult for the president to fix. because besides actually enforcing his own ban, trump could also expand the definition of lobbyist. because there's another pre-existing loophole that basically says, former administration officials can call themselves consultants instead. so you can just change the name and get away with it. try that some time. "no, officer, i'm not a drug dealer. i'm a freelance pharmaceutical consultant." [ light laughter ] "richard, i'm not cheating on you. kevin is my extra-marital copulation advisor." [ laughter ]
so as usual with trump, his insistence on changing the way washington works was overhyped. mainly just empty promises and all talk. in other words -- >> that is so hokey. >> seth: this has been "the check-in." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with chris pine, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ we know how it feels to be treated like a trophy. waxed, buffed, and shined. driven to award shows, parties and across so many silver screens. we have seen the glory come, go, and come again. but a cadillac is no trophy. no museum piece. ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. please give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, back with us tonight, he's the drummer from the los angeles-based indie rock band, local natives. and their brand new single, "the only heirs" is out now. matt frazier, everybody. thank you so much for being here, matt. [ cheers and applause ] >> thanks for having me. >> seth: you know our first guest tonight from his work in films such as "star trek", "horrible bosses 2", and "into the woods." he stars in "wonder woman", which is in theaters and imax 3d june 2nd. let's take a look. >> give us dr. maru's notebook. >> where'd i put that thing? stand back. >> ah! >> or maybe not.
♪ tough luck. >> seth: please welcome to the show, chris pine, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how are you? >> i'm really good. i love the local natives. >> seth: oh yeah, big fan of the band? >> huge, huge local natives fan. >> seth: very exciting. you're here on a good night. >> it's fantastic to see you. >> seth: i'm very excited about "wonder woman." this has never been -- she's never had a movie before. >> true! >> seth: and i'm -- also from that clip -- i mean, look, you got to punch a guy in the end, but basically you get bailed out by wonder woman. and that is fun to see in a
movie. >> i just -- i was very proud in that clip of the old hit -- >> seth: yeah! >> hand deal. >> seth: that's how i feel -- >> that's like -- it was my favorite moment of that whole bit. >> seth: well that's sort of every actor's dream, is to hit a guy, and then go, "ah." >> just feels very, you know, feels very harrison ford-ish. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yes, it does. it's not where you would expect -- it's not -- it doesn't seem like modern times here in this "wonder woman" film. >> no, so this is -- it's 1917, it's world war i. and -- so i play this guy, steve trevor who's a spy -- he's an american guy working as a pilot for the british. and he comes across this notebook filled with equations for this awful gas, it's -- it's supposed to wipe out the allies towards the end of the war. and i take off in this plane, i crash land on this island called themyscira, full of these amazonian beautiful women that don't know anything about men. and -- [ light laughter ] >> seth: by the way, that's a real false advertising for what most men are like, if you're the first one they see. [ light laughter ] they're like, "great, cool, we're in." and it's like, "hold on." >> so -- [ light laughter ] so i see diana, who is played by gal gadot and she's wonder woman.
she wants to go back into the land of men to defeat all the bad guys. and -- anyway, long story, long, i kind of played like a jaded realist, who has seen all the awful things that men can do. she's this like beautiful, strong, optimist and we learn a little bought -- a little bit about one another. there you go. >> seth: i know you've had to do a lot of press and i was glad that i heard this, because i probably would have been someone who would have also asked it. i heard there was one question everybody asked you when you were doing press for "wonder woman." >> i mean, so there -- yeah. uh, do you guys -- you guys know "wonder woman?" wonder -- >> seth: yeah. >> okay. so the question is: "if you had the lasso of truth, who would you lasso? [ light laughter ] and what question would you ask them?" which i get like, you know, question number 1 or 2, but just, you know -- >> seth: yeah because you -- >> day 9. >> seth: and then do you feel the responsibility to come up with a different answer for everybody? because the would be the part that would be so burdensome to me. >> yeah, i mean, you talked a lot about an individual that i think could certainly be lassoed -- >> seth: oh ,yeah?
>> a lot. >> seth: he'd be a good person, yeah. [ laughter and applause ] >> bing boom boom boom? >> seth: bing bong bing bong, yeah. >> bing bong bing -- >> seth: whereas my question for wonder woman -- >> i've never seen that before. >> seth: would have been if -- if there's an invisible plane -- >> no. >> seth: and you see people in it, like, then don't they just look like people are flying from a sitting position? [ laughter ] like, did you think, "did you, wonder woman think this through?" >> i can see you're really, really thinking about this, and angsting over it. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, there was a time in my life -- >> just don't get it! >> seth: where i spent a lot more time thinking about wonder woman than i would like to admit. [ light laughter ] so, uh, i wanted -- we were talking backstage, congratulations, you had such a great episode of "snl" this year. >> thank you. thank you. i appreciate it. >> seth: that was really fun. [ cheers and applause ] did you -- >> thank you. >> seth: was there -- was there parts of it that you were surprised by? or was it what you expected? >> i mean i loved it, man. i -- i -- i'm so jealous of the experiences you guys have. it's kind of like -- it's like summer camp for theater folk. it's like -- it's fast and furious and crazy.
people are throwing you notes, you have 100 pages to read of skits. and then it all happens so -- but such a well-oiled machine. i particularly -- i mean i loved everybody obviously and someone like keenan who's done it forever. >> seth: yeah. >> who's like an old pro. i particular -- lorne is a specific kind of beast that i just -- >> seth: yeah. >> he's -- it's -- he's got his wonderful cashmere sweaters and the khaki pants and i -- i -- the very iconic picture that i took of him, he's -- it's him standing at the board and it's all these like highlighted, it's like neon. he's looking at like what he's going to cut and he's moving things and -- it's like a gen -- it's like general patton. >> seth: yeah, it's really -- >> it's like general patton like, you know, looking at the board of europe or something. >> seth: it's really -- >> but hey -- and by the way -- but he's -- he's a cuddler. >> seth: a cuddler? >> he likes it, you know, because he had this really lovely cashmere -- just the cashmere sweater really had me. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> and i said -- and i had this little like, you know, click and shoot camera, you know, the old throw away camera thing. i was like, "lorne, will you take a picture with me?" he loves taking pictures.
so he's like, "yeah, of course, get over here. where should we -- okay. where do you want me? uh-huh. okay. uh-huh." he's very, very specific about how he wants to be shot. >> seth: again i want to stress that i think you're getting a different lorne than most of us. [ laughter ] >> what -- what is lorne like otherwise? >> seth: i one -- i remember once, i said, "can i get a picture?" and he slapped the camera out of my hand. [ laughter ] >> well, no, he's very great. although, he's very -- he will tell you if he doesn't like something. >> seth: yes. he's very -- but it's -- >> not going to mince words, that man. >> seth: no, but he's canadian. so it takes him a little bit longer. [ light laughter ] >> right. >> seth: he tries to give you time to come around to not liking it. he's like, "i think --" >> "that one sucks, eh?" [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, exactly. there's always a question mark. whereas here we go, "that one sucks." he's like, "that one sucks, eh?" [ light laughter ] >> "don't you think?" >> seth: well you know obviously lorne's a legend. you got to work with another legend, which i have to assume, this was -- >> lcd soundsystem. >> seth: yeah, lcd soundsystem. but i was going to talk about another one of your musical collaborations.
>> the babs. >> seth: you sang with barbara streisand on a duet album. >> indeed i did. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how did that come about? >> thank you. thank you. praying every night that it would. >> seth: yeah. >> no, i think it was just the luck of the draw. i think my agent manages her and, you know. he knew that i sang and i got the call from the ol' reps, and they were like, "do you want to do an album with barbara streisand?" and i was like, "an album, sure!" and then you get off the phone and you're like, "i have to -- i'm going to do an album with barbara streisand?" [ light laughter ] obviously turns out not to be an album it's one song, but there was a -- >> seth: still. >> a nice afternoon where i was. i was like, "my god, i'm going on tour with barbara streisand." >> seth: but you did not -- [ laughter ] but you did not do it in the same place, right? >> oh, no, god, no. i'm so happy i didn't. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean not, yeah -- we did, modern tech -- i was in london shooting a film and she was in l.a. and then she had already laid down her -- her -- laid down her track. that's what we call it in the music business. >> seth: yeah, in the music
business, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> and then i went and did my -- did my thing, you know? >> seth: that's great. i also want to -- you saw this when you came out, and you knew i was going to show these. so these are -- these are some modeling photos you did. is it for k-mart, is that where it's for? i can't remember. >> yeah, it's target. it's from target. >> seth: yeah, it's for armani! [ cheers and applause ] so, do you have names for these poses? >> oh, man! >> seth: what is -- this is like the thinker, the -- >> let me tell you something, i -- they want -- they always want a hand in the shot. >> seth: yeah. >> they love a -- they love a constant -- they love a cont -- they love a constrabated, you know. >> seth: and there's another one, really good. [ cheers ] look at that! man, i tell you, if the direction was "put a hand in the shot," you nailed it all three times. >> you know, i'm thinking a lot about -- i'm thinking a lot about deep smelly patchouli. >> seth: yeah. and i just want to say to all the women of themyscira, not all guys look like this. >> themyscira. >> seth: themyscira. >> come on now. >> seth: come on, i did pretty close. that was pretty close. thank you so much for being here. >> thanks, man. appreciate it. >> seth: congrats on the movie. it's always nice to see you. [ cheers and applause ]
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest was the republican party's presidential nominee in 2008. he is currently serving his sixth term as a united states senator from arizona. please welcome back to the show, senator john mccain. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back. >> chris pine. what a guy. >> seth: yeah, what a guy. [ light laughter ] that is my takeaway as well. chris pine. >> one day chicken, the next day feathers. >> seth: yeah, so -- >> he's a great actor. >> seth: he is a great actor. >> could i just mention, one time, many years ago, i did "snl", and i did mccain does streisand. >> seth: that's right. you sang barbara striesand
songs. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: this is a very -- [ laughter ] >> she has never -- [ scattered applause ] she has never forgiven me. >> seth: never forgiven you? so you were not on the duet album? >> no, no. >> seth: so i have to ask about your day-to-day life right now. every time you go into a meeting, are you just terrified when you walk back into the hallway, that everything will have changed? [ laughter ] i mean it strikes me that you've always been known as a good -- a good quote, so it seems like reporters are waiting. i've seen you -- >> they're all waiting. >> seth: yeah. >> ambushing. >> seth: yeah. >> waiting for something that's quotable. >> seth: and -- and -- are you stressed? has it provided stress in your life that you constantly have to sort of respond to the new thing? >> look, i'm not a critic of the media. i hate them, but i'm not a critic of them. [ laughter ] they're always looking for, you know, a headline, and that's their job. so you've got to be very careful exactly how you say it. and of course, not being a careful guy, i get in the news a
lot of times for not exactly what i wanted to say. but, look, nobody drafted me, nobody forces you to be a united states senator. >> seth: yeah. and -- [ light laughter ] >> it has its moments. but it is a -- we are in almost a media frenzy. i mean there are large numbers of reporters, cameras, microphones, waiting as we go to vote. you know, we go from my office building though the capitol, but that's their job. i'm not complaining about it. that's their job. that's where the news is. and they want to get a quote. and they know that -- >> seth: and there's more news there than ever before. are you aware of that? >> yes. [ laughter ] >> seth: do you ever wish -- do you ever wish, hey -- >> do i ever wish i was president? yes. i do. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: well, i will say -- >> but, you know -- life isn't fair. [ light laughter ] >> seth: it seems like one thing about being a president right now, it helps to have a cozy relationship with russia. you do not have one. in fact, just -- i believe this was yesterday.
>> yesterday -- >> seth: this is a kremlin run -- sputnik, which is a media organization, tweeted this photo of you. it is not a very nice photo of you. and said, "thank god this gentleman does not shape u.s. foreign policy." and i have to give you credit, 'cause here's the kremlin basically trying to zing you. and two minutes later, you shoot right back, and basically say, i'm always flattered to receive such accolades from russian press." [ cheers and applause ] >> i have -- i'm so proud that i've been sanctioned by vladimir putin. >> seth: it's true, you are sanctioned. >> cannot go to siberia again this summer. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, no. you'll have to vacation elsewhere. >> for my vacation, yeah. yeah. >> seth: oh, no. >> so listen. twitter world, you know -- >> seth: yeah. >> it's just amazing. we are now in -- you know, it used to be a 24-hour news cycle, and then it was a ten-hour -- we're now in a 30-second news cycle. >> seth: no, it's a -- >> it's just amazing. and we tweet to 2.3 million
people. and honest to god, we get a lot of things back that -- different ways for me to die. [ laughter ] questions about my parenthood. >> seth: uh-huh. [ light laughter ] >> why am i still alive? [ laughter ] >> seth: uh-huh. >> i mean some really nice things come across. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. it's nice to have -- it's nice to have that one-on-one. that, you know, immediate feedback. >> exchange views with some of your friends. but we've got a group, that when i was running for re-election last time, troll team 6. >> seth: wow. >> every time one of those came, the troll team was trolling right back. [ laughter ] and that was -- i'm telling you. >> seth: that is funny. that is a difference between you and i, because people often say terrible things about me, i don't engage. but you're very pro-engagement. when people come after senator john mccain he's going to come right back. >> i think you really need to. >> seth: yeah. >> i think you need to, because you know there's a thing about a charge not answered is one that's believed. and now we have this fake news.
i mean, for a moment of seriousness. there was on the internet, there was a story about a pizza parlor in washington, d.c. that was supposedly child trafficking was going on. a guy drives up from north carolina, goes in and shoots up the place. and this is dangerous stuff my friends. don't believe everything you see on the internet. check it out. [ applause ] >> seth: well i -- >> check it out before you believe it. >> seth: yes. and we're going to come back and we're going to talk about some real news right after this with senator john mccain, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ this is lynchburg, tennessee, home of jack daniel's. a small town with big dreams of having their own... nba team. what? ♪ we know it's not the most exciting place in the world. but we have no shortage of team spirit.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back. we're here with senator john mccain. you have been critical of the president. you have been specifically critical about these connections with russia, of which we don't fully understand yet. you asked for a select committee. are you surprised that more republicans have not been outspoken about what we're hearing so far, about this possible collusion, about this lack of security with classified information? >> as you know, i've been around for a while, since the coolidge administration actually. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i remember that. >> you remember cal. he was -- >> seth: yeah, very quiet guy. >> there you go. the thing i've found out, much to my -- sometimes paying a heavy penalty is you got to do the right thing. look, i praise the president when he does the right thing. he has a national security team around him which is outstanding. when he responded to those children being gassed by
bashar al-assad, i praised it that he responded by sending the cruise missiles in. so where i think he's doing the right thing, and that's to a large degree our national security, then i'm with him. but on other things, you've just got to do the right thing. i was elected by the people of arizona, and i've got to do what i think is right for them. >> seth: do you -- [ applause ] yeah, absolutely. you mention his national security team. of course part of that national security team was now-disgraced michael flynn. >> general flynn, that's right. >> seth: are you worried sometimes, that even when he's surrounded by the right people, he is distracted and maybe doesn't listen to them? >> yes. i am very worried about that. because sometimes i've seen him do things or say things that he isn't listening to them. but i know he respects them. and i know that he has pledged to rebuild our military, which is not in good shape now. so, i think you have to almost say, don't pay so much attention to what he says as to what he does.
because i'm not going to react to every time that the president makes some comment that i don't agree with. but what he does then is when, for example, this budget that just came over, does not restore the military. okay, it doesn't. now, they're saying that it does. and they're making cuts in things like the state department. now, general mattis is our secretary of defense. he's a great guy. he said, "you keep cutting the state department, you're going to have to buy me more bullets." because we've got to have a state department that can carry out diplomacy, respect for human rights, all the things that they should do. so, it's what he does, not what he says. and i want him to succeed. i want him to succeed. he's our president. and i'm worried about these scandals that paralyze the government. now it hasn't yet, but it's headed in that direction. >> seth: you mentioned the budget, which you don't feel like it does enough for the military. other critics of it says it makes massive cuts in things like medicaid, and food stamps, and americans who have less.
>> it's dead on arrival. >> seth: this budget? >> okay? >> seth: yeah, 'cause i think we do forget -- [ cheers and applause ] that ultimately, the president can only turn in a budget, and you have to vote on it. so it's dead on arrival. >> but we do need a budget. and as much as we like to talk about the president, congress takes us to the edge of the cliff of the next shutdown of the government. grand canyon national park, one of the great -- could be shut down because we can't get our act together and pass these appropriations bills to make the government function. no wonder our approval rating is, what, 14%? >> seth: that's higher than i would have thought. that's not bad. [ laughter ] >> well, that's paid staff and blood relatives. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, gotcha. that's just among them. you go abroad. i know you've been abroad recently. what do other world leaders want to talk about? do they -- >> trump. >> seth: yeah. they just want to talk about trump, yeah. >> trump. trump. trump. yeah, they want to -- because they're unsure. >> seth: do they want to say like what -- i mean are they asking you,
should we pay attention to what he's listening to? do you say what you said to me to them? which is basically -- >> yeah, i say to them, he's surrounded himself with an excellent, outstanding national security team, and there's a lot of good things that can happen. but i don't tell them that i can predict exactly what he's going to say. i just can't do that to them. but they want some sense of confidence in what the united states of america is going to do. and they didn't like the last eight years. that's one reason why you see such a warm reception -- >> seth: all world leaders? >> in the middle east. >> seth: mm-hmm. >> 'cause they felt that when they crossed the red line, and dropped chemical weapons in syria, and president obama said he was going to do something and he didn't. that was a great blow to american credibility. >> seth: do you think that with his response to the syrian chemical gassing, the bombing of the airstrip, do you think that was a strong enough response. or do you think that was ultimately -- >> i think one of the nice things about this, when you're dealing in world, is perception. and the fact that he responded like that, that sent a signal.
and what he does later on and all that, has got to do with strategy. one of the worst things that has happened in recent times, is when the iranians captured our american vessels. and the pictures of iranians holding weapons on kneeling american sailors with their hands clasped behind their neck. that's terrible. >> seth: but what would you do when something like that happens. >> listen, i have said, you got one hour. okay? you got one hour to give them back, and if you -- >> seth: and if not, you would have done what? >> i would have taken out some of their facilities. i wouldn't have killed people. but i'd have taken out some of their facilities. and if they didn't send them back, then i would have said -- >> seth: but they eventually did come back, right? without any of that having to happen. >> yes. after all the pictures were taken and all the photos. look, when ronald reagan, we had americans held hostage -- a great movie about it, you know? held hostage in our embassy in tehran. >> seth: "argo." >> the day -- yeah, one of the great flicks. >> seth: yeah. >> the day that ronald reagan
was sworn in, they came home. they came home because ronald reagan said, if you don't send them home, then you're going to pay a penalty. and it doesn't always have to be militarily. it can be a lot of other ways. america is the leader in the world, and they look up to us. and they -- we inspire them. we are their moral compass. and we've got to respect the human rights, and advocate for the rights of people. like all these young women throughout the middle east now, that are being trafficked. we've got to speak out for them. and we can. and america is still -- don't bet against the united states of america. >> seth: no, i will not. >> we're still the best one on earth. >> seth: i believe that. no close second. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much for being here. always a pleasure. senator john mccain, everybody. we'll be back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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it's a great way to watch videos, share your own videos. but it also -- and this is really cool -- it brings people together and it helps form very unique online communities. communities like gamers, filmmakers, musicians. there are also several of these communities that are a little more niche and we thought we'd take a look at some of these smaller communities in a segment we're calling, "youtube sub-communities." ♪ [ cheers ] >> seth: all right, so first up, you may know about the community of youtube users who post skateboard trick videos. well this is a sub-community who prefers riderless skateboard tricks. that's right, these are riderless skateboard tricks. you know, it's easier if you just see for yourself, check it out. ♪ >> hey, what's up, it's me, your boy, mason. this is sheets and this is carbo. we're out here in the park repping for shrednation. let's rip it up. ♪ going for the classic ollie. [ light laughter ] time for the 720 kickflip. ah!
oh! oh! skateboard! rock the baby. [ light laughter ] ♪ [ light laughter ] all right, let's get our grind on. [ light laughter ] yeah! yeah! i did it! i did it! yeah, all right! well, if you guys like that, please sound off in the comments below. and remember to like and subscribe to shrednation. i'm 30 years old and both these guys are 15. [ light laughter ] whoa! whoa! what's up? [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: up next, you've all probably heard of civil war re-enactors. you probably haven't heard about cola war re-enactors. because if you lived through the '80s, everybody was talking about the cola wars. and so these are people who reenact those famous cola wars of the 1980s.
let's take a look. ♪ [ light laughter ] >> ah! >> ah! >> ah! >> ah! ♪ >> my dearest nan, i feel impelled to avail myself of this present opportunity of writing you this missive and i very much hope it is to your liking. much blood has been shed in this fierce soft drink conflict. but i have no misgivings for i believe it that it is for a good cause, a worthy cause, to determine once and for all, which fizzy drink is the best one to sip upon. i have heard that you have taken up with the 7up camp and i hope you know i hold no ill will for your decision. i must return now to our conflict against the vile and
utterly contemptible pepsi challenge. have a coke and smile. henry, august 31st, 1982. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: moving on. another thing very popular on youtube, basketball trick shot videos. these are videos where guys do all sorts of incredible tricks while shooting hoops. well, this sub-community of youtube users prefers dick shot videos -- it's not what it sounds like! [ light laughter ] you know what, just see for yourself. check out some dick shots. ♪ >> not that kind of dick shot. ♪ >> swish! >> swish! >> my name's richard and when you shorten it, it turns to dick. and i'm taking basketball shots. that's why it's called "dick shots." ♪ >> dick shot! >> mission accomplished. remember the war? ha ha ha! [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: and finally, something
that's incredibly popular on youtube are unboxing videos. what they are, are videos where people film themselves unboxing brand new products they receive, products like video game systems, shoes, iphones. well this sub-community enjoys filming themselves unboxing ancient religious artifacts. take a look. >> hey, guys, it's matt g. back with another unboxing video for you. i'm really excited. i just got my new ark of the covenant in the mail today. this is of course what the hebrews used to carry the ten commandments. i'm super excited to check this thing out. let's do it. okay, so not sure if you can tell, but the finish is very nice. smooth to the touch. this detailing is really beautiful. it's made of actual gold, which makes sense because it was built under instruction by god. [ light laughter ] oh, this is so cool. it's glowing inside, which is how you know it's not a fake. oh!
and uh, yeah, whoa -- if you touch the ark right now, it's actually burning hot and really scalds your hands. oh, and -- okay, this is interesting. so there are ghosts that have emerged from the ark. and, yeah -- they are so horrifying, i'm completely chilled. and actually, oh wow, the skin is starting to melt off of my face right now. all right, guys -- [ audience groans ] a this has been the ark of the covenant. i'm matt g. thanks for watching! [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: that was "youtube sub-communities." we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ whistles ]
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